Saturday 30 October 2021

2021 Topic 13: Tiny (News) Print with ESA {by Jenny Marples}

    2021 Topic 13: Tiny (News) Print

Making a scene from non-scene type images is a clever stretch of any stamps. Jenny has been experimenting with some of Seth Apter's new stamps and made a fabulous wall of words. She's got some great tips for making your stamping look metallic and creating more natural looking foliage and flowers.
~ Keren

Hi everyone, it's Jenny (Pushing The Right Buttonswith you today, and I'm here to share with you a new journal page that features images from one of Seth Apter's new releases. 

I am a huge fan of Seth's designs particularly because they are so often based on the architectural and structural features he sees around him every day in NYC. Looking at them from a different perspective they could also represent things seen in and on buildings in other parts of the World, like a cottage in rural France for example...

This piece begins with the edge of a torn piece of manuscript and some PaperArtsy Grunge Paste, all designed to give the feel of the side of a rustic building.

Apply Sand, Stone, Heavy Cream and Chalk Fresco Finish paints in layers (working from dark to light) with a spatula to blend the manuscript and Grunge Paste together.

Seth's 'The Alphabet' text stamp from his new ESA25 stamp set was the original inspiration for this whole piece - to me the way the letters and surrounding tiny text have been grouped look like uneven brickwork.

Repeat stamp 'The Alphabet' (minus its title section and final line) using a pale grey permanent ink, knowing the uneven layer of Grunge Paste beneath will give the stamping a worn feel by missing parts.

Use the grouping of the letters as a guide and draw around them with a permanent marker (black or dark grey are perfect for this). I would suggest practicing on a piece of scrap of paper so you can work out what you want your 'bricks' to look like.
Add some shading to make the bricks look more realistic - I used a watercolour pencil along the bottom and left-hand side of each brick, blending out the shading with a water brush. At this point you can reapply patches of Grunge Paste to break up the pattern a little and tone down the lines around the bricks if they are too prominent with some more paint.

This second stamp from Seth's set immediately reminded me of window shutters. To recreate them start by applying a thick layer of Grunge Paste to a piece of card. Allow it to start to dry a little then push the stamp into the paste to create an impression. Two hints; first, if it doesn't create the right impression use a wet spatula to smooth out the paste and try again. Second, make sure to spritz your stamp with water before plunging it into the paste and wash it as soon as you've finished to remove excess paste.
When the embossed paste has dried paint it and then re-stamp with a contrasting permanent ink (I used a white StazOn Pigment pad for this). You can make a 'mount' for your completed shutters by drawing brick shapes on a slightly larger piece of card, painting them with the same paints as the main wall. It's worth painting the centre of the mount too since some of it may show when your shutters are glued on top.

Older walls often have metal ties inserted into them to prevent them from pulling apart and ultimately falling down! Another of the stamps from Seth's set is perfect for recreating those. Try clear embossing over your stamped 'ties' to give them a metallic look.
With the building 'constructed' it's time to add some prettiness and colour. One place to start is with Kay Carley's stencil PS080 which helpfully includes little butterflies and dragonflies as well as the grasses and flowers found in a rural border. Use a mix of green shades for a more realistic feel.

After starting with the stencilled greenery you can make it even more 'wild' and unstructured by dipping a wooden skewer into the various green paints and adding pointed lines over the top. I also added extra detail to the flowers following the positioning from the stencil.

It's often only when you get to see the 'almost complete' stage of a project that you can take a step back and consider if it needs any adjustments. In this case with the walls looking too grey I went back over the edges with a little more Grunge Paste and followed up by adding patches of the Sand coloured paint.

The window panel was glued into its final position, a little over from where it was originally planned.

To help draw the eye around the finished page a little better, a couple of the tiny butterflies were stencilled in place using a mix of the Claret and Grape paints. You can draw in the tiny details like the antennae with a fineliner pen.

I found when it came to stamping the phrase 'found and gathered' from Seth's stamp set it didn't quite fit around the flowers. To make it work I stamped the first two words independently of the third, moving that one a little further over to the right.

Here's a reminder of what the finished piece looks like;

Take a look at the images in your stamp sets with fresh eyes to see what they bring to mind. It may be something you've encountered on adventures abroad or even something much closer to home. You don't need to draw an entire building or landscape to capture the feel of those surroundings.

Thank you so much for stopping by.


Helen said...

Gorgeous project, Jenny, I love that brick wall.

Seth said...

Wow. What a clever and unique use of these stamps!!!

SewPaperPaint said...

I always love to see stamps used in alternate ways and you've nailed that here Jenny. Love your brick wall and gorgeous scene. xx, Autumn